Brandon Laird certainly isn’t on the same level as other prospects like Jesus Montero, but for people who follow the minor leagues he is somebody that has been anticipated for a little while now. The Yankees finally called him up yesterday after Ramiro Pena had to go in for emergency appendectomy surgery, knocking him out for at least a month.
Laird is a 23-year-old third baseman who was drafted in the 27th round of the 2005 draft. This was his first full season in Triple-A and the results were mixed. He hit .266 with a .711 OPS in 90 games. However, those numbers would be a lot better if not for a poor April where he hit just .184. In May he had a .307 average, in June it was .270, and in the past 15 games he has a .296 average with a .909 OPS.
Eduardo Nunez is still expected to start at third base with Alex Rodriguez out recovering from knee surgery, but Laird should get some opportunities. He is probably a similar hitter to Nunez at this point and even though he isn’t anything exceptional defensively, he can’t get worse than Nuneeeeeez.
For more on Brandon Laird, read our preseason prospect profile on him.